Our Top Ten Mindful-Themed Children’s Books
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As parents, many of us have been on our own journey to learn and understand the concept of mindfulness and how it can help us cope with feelings of fear, anxiety, and stress. The idea of teaching our children these skills at a young age is something we see immense value in, but it can often be hard to know where to start and how to effectively introduce the concepts of mindfulness to our little ones in a way that is understandable and relatable.
One of the best and easiest ways we’ve found to do this is through books and reading. There are so many wonderful children’s books available now that are centered around themes such as mindfulness and growth mindset and understanding and dealing with our feelings.
We recently asked our community to share with us your favourite mindful themed children’s books. We’ve put together a round-up of the top ten most recommended to add to your little one’s library today.
My Magic Breath - Nick Ortner: My Magic Breath, written by Nick Ortner, teaches children the important practice of breathing. My Magic Breath will help introduce children to the space of mindfulness, self-awareness, and balance (alongside some beautiful illustrations).
I am Enough - Grace Byers: I am Enough, written by Grace Byers, beautifully illustrates the practice of loving who you are, respecting others and being kind to one another.
I Believe in Myself - Laurie Wright: I Believe in Myself, written by Laurie Wright, follows Poppy on her journey to self-confidence. I Believe in Myself is a great tool to help children learn to cope with their emotions and learn to believe in themselves.
I am Magical Me - Sarah Kraftchuk: I am Magical Me, written by Sarah Kraftchuk, celebrates the magic that is inside each and every one of us. This beautiful book helps children connect authentically to their feelings, thoughts, and emotions while also exploring who they are, in the moment.
A Sloth’s Guide to Mindfulness - Ton Mak: Slowing down can be hard. In A Sloth’s Guide to Mindfulness, written by Ton Mak, children follow a peaceful sloth through a series of meditations and daily reflections, coming to the conclusion that taking a pause and focusing on your breath is important.
ABC for Me: ABC Mindful Me - Christiane Engel: This bright and colourful picture book pairs mindfulness principles with each letter of the alphabet (it also includes playful rhymes)!
I Am Series - Susan Verde: Susan Verde and her collection of children’s books (including: I am Human, I am One, I am Peace, I am Love, I am Yoga and I am Courage) encourage empathy and compassion in little ones (towards themselves and others).
The Puppy in my Head - Elise Gravel: This adorable story helps explain that little voice inside our heads to children in a way they’ll understand and connect to - as a puppy! The Puppy in My Head helps little ones identify and deal with anxiety.
I Wish You More! - Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld: Full of words of encouragement, joyous milestones and everyday wonders, I Wish you More! is the perfect sweet and uplifting book for wishers (of every age).
Slow Down, 50 Mindful Moments in Nature - Rachel Williams: This charming children’s book celebrates the small wonders happening all around us every day.